Chakeya Ottley

Chakeya Ottley

New York, NY, US



I am a recent Interior Design graduate of the New York School of Interior Design and I am seeking to be a part of a creative multidisciplinary interior design/ architecture working environment, where boundaries of design are constantly being pushed.

While I am proficient in many design software programs such as REVIT, AutoCAD, Photoshop and InDesign, I possess the ability and willingness to learn quickly. These skills have been sharpened by providing tutoring and design consultation to my fellow peers and using the programs frequently. Working as a NYSID Tutor and Residential Advisor for the past two years have strengthened my critical thinking, communication and problem solving skills allowing me to teach and lead successfully. 

At my previous internship with Starbucks' New York Design Office, I was able to utilize my Revit and Photoshop rendering skills by producing quality renderings to assist with design intent when presenting to the board for approval. I also prepared presentation boards, maintained the sample library, provided design input when appropriate and completed smaller design tasks throughout, all within a fast paced time frame. 

In my spare time, I accept freelance opportunities drafting/ rendering in Revit and design consultation to keep busy.


Freelancer, New York, NY, US, Freelance Interior Designer

Provide and collaborate with designers to produce Revit renderings/ drawings that reflect their design intent.

May 2015 - current

New York School of Interior Design (NYSID), New York, NY, US, Tutor

Provide tutoring in AutoCAD, Revit, InDesign, Photoshop and Hand Drafting to NYSID Students.

Jan 2014 - May 2015

New York School of Interior Design (NYSID), New York, NY, US, Residential Advisor

Develop and maintain a positive and inclusive community environment within the resident halls for all NYSID students and their unique differences, cultures, and orientations. Facilitate housing meetings and activities.

Aug 2013 - May 2015

Starbucks Coffee Company, New York, NY, US, Studio Design Intern

Internship was earn based on a competition held in a studio class contract project. Responsibilities include Revit and Photoshop rendering based on CD notes, organizing material library and developing relevant design concepts.

Jun 2014 - Aug 2014

New York School of Interior Design (NYSID), New York, NY, US, NYSID Bookstore Salesperson

Provide prompt and professional retail services for the convenience of fellow NYSID students.

Sep 2012 - Dec 2013

OBMI, Hamilton, Bermuda, Intern/ Junior Designer

Completed a number of assigned tasks which included constructing presentation boards, assisting with client presentations, vendor communications and maintaining sample library.

Jun 2013 - Aug 2013


New York School of Interior Design (NYSID), New York, NY, US, Bachelors, Interior Design

The Bachelor of Fine Arts in Interior Design provides students with professional-level preparation to become practicing interior designers. This program gives students the tools to think analytically; to create functional, safe, and beautiful interior environments; and to communicate verbally and graphically using the latest technology. The program is accredited by the Council for Interior Design Accreditation (CIDA).

Sep 2011 - May 2015

Bermuda College, Paget, Bermuda, Art & Design

The Associate of Arts (Art and Design) is structured to provide students with the foundation for careers in Fine Arts and Graphic Design, while keeping pace with current career trends. Without limiting students to the traditional components, such as drawing and painting, the programme includes courses in colour, graphic design, and media arts.

Aug 2006 - May 2009


Decorators Club Scholarship Award, 3rd Place

The Decorators Club Education Fund, Inc. was established in 1960 to support interior design education. The fund sponsors an annual portfolio competition and awards monetary grants to students in the New York City’s college interior design programs. These grants are made possible by the proceeds from fundraising events and our Jacqueline Beyer Lebenthal Lecture Series, which was established in 1991, and through the generosity of corporate and individual sponsors, and industry publications.


Institute of Bermuda Architects Student Design Competition 2012, 1st Place

Design a stage for entertainment that rests along Bermuda's harbourfront.


Bermuda Society of Interior Designers Scholarship, Scholarship

Bermuda Society of Interior Designers scholarships are intended to help talented individuals pursuing a career in the field of interior design. The program is open to young Bermudians who have demonstrated outstanding creativity and organization abilities, attending a post-secondary institution accredited by the Foundation for Interior Design Education Research (FIDER).


Bermuda Society of Arts Scholarship, Scholarship

To provide financial support to a Bermudian student interested in furthering their post-secondary education in fine arts and/or design.


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